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Philip Thicknesse - Friend or Foe?

Something fabulous is happening in Felixstowe.  The story of Philip Thicknesse, Governor of Landguard Fort 1753- 66, is being brought to life in the place where it all happened.

The production, which is taking place at Landguard Fort from 28th September to 1st October is a site specific production developed by the Woven Theatre Company with widespread community involvement and a whole new perspective on a man who should be better known as an important figure in Felixstowe’s and Suffolk’s history.

Landguard Fort is a spectacular location with a big a central courtyard surrounded by rooms, fortifications, underground passages, an outer bailey and a moat and Philip Thicknesse is a character you will never forget. 

He was a man with very little respect for authority and made countless enemies but gained great loyalty from his men because he believed corporal punishment was a barbaric practice.  And he was adored by his wives, especially his third wife, Ann, a talented musician and writer who was determined to make her own way in the world.

TTDE - Philip Thicknesse - Friend or Foe - IllustrationWritten by two local playwrights, Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden, the production will be led by four professional actors and will include cartoons from primary school children, crowd scenes developed by students at Felixstowe Academy, the involvement of the Felixstowe Community Choir and the group of historic re-enactors based at the Fort.  Other parts will be played by members of the public and the audience will feel very much part of the experience as they are welcome to join in with the communal songs.  The Governor’s monkey, Jacko, and Ann’s parakeet will also be central to proceedings in the form of specially commissioned puppets.

The director, Anna Birch, specialises in site specific productions and has worked with Woven in developing new work over a number of years

Tickets are on sale through Eastern Angles on 01473 211498 or at  www.easternangles.co.uk

For more information click on www.philipthicknesse.com. 

Book your tickets and be part of the fun! Landguard Fort will never feel the same again!

Things to see and do


Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Felixstowe Sewing School

Felixstowe Sewing School

A small, professional and very friendly sewing school in the quaint seaside town of Felixstowe. Both 6 week, one day and half day workshops offered for a range of abilities. Dressmaking, pattern cutting and craft/soft furnishings lessons available.

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events


A Night of Dirty Dancing

A Night of Dirty Dancing

Felixstowe | Thu 28th Sep 2017

Back by popular demand at The Spa Pavilion, Felexstowe! No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing.

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Buddy Holly Dance Party

Buddy Holly Dance Party

Felixstowe | Sat 23rd Sep 2017

This show is led by Buddy The Musical star Marc Robinson and supported by The Counterfeit Crickets! At The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe.

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Back To Bacharach

Back To Bacharach

Felixstowe | Sat 07th Oct 2017

A perfect evening of nostalgia, great songs and stunning performance at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe.

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Bugsy Malone - The Musical

Bugsy Malone - The Musical

Felixstowe | Fri 27th - Sat 28th Oct 2017

CBM Theatre Company are back at The Spa Pavilion with their youth production of Busgy Malone.

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WHERE TO EAT


Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge  & The Terrace

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge & The Terrace

Two fabulous seaview venues in one stunning location! The Lounge is a first floor carpeted space with panoramic views of the sea, Felixstowe Pier and the maritime traffic to Harwich & Felixstowe Ports.

At promenade level there is also The Terrace; a cosy beachside venue with plentiful outdoor seating and a Mediterranean ambience with the sea views framed by palm trees.

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